Articles tagged with: ex-gay movement
Federal appeals court rules DOMA unconstitutional; lesbian councilwoman may become NYC’s next mayor; gay students graduating openly at military academies; and other recent LGBTQ news selected by Sara Boesser in Juneau, Alaska (with supplemental info from Bent Alaska).
Another federal judge rules against DOMA; Southern Poverty Law Center reports on NOM’s antigay lies; suicide risks for black gay youth; transgender rights in Manitoba; British TV series features transgender main character; an antigay attack in Minnesota ; and other news of the week from @bentalaska.
Alaska Pride Week in Anchorage begins on May 31 this year, and is just a little bit longer than a week to accommodate all the great events. Here’s the full schedule of Anchorage’s Pride events, with links to individual stories with further information on events. (Check back on this page, because we’ll be updating it with links as the stories are written and posted!) And don’t miss the official Pride 2012 commercial!
Jason Ingram was a young adult Christian in Anchorage when he sought help in dealing with his same-sex attractions through Christian recovery groups and “ex-gay” ministries. He returns to Anchorage to tell his story on Friday, June 1 at Out North. Includes interview. An Alaska Pride Fest 2012 event.
An in-depth investigation exposes the true story of the “landmark case” that made disgraced ex-gay therapist George Rekers’ antigay career. Box Turtle Bulletin spoke with family and friends who knew the real “Kraig” to reveal the tragedy of a terrible experiment on a young boy which haunted him for the rest of his life.
George Rekers is the co-founder of the Family Research Council and is paid to convince school districts and state courts that gays can be cured. He is also secretly gay, as we learned in this week’s “Rentboy” scandal. Rachel Maddow explains:
Hmm. “When people have built their careers, their professions, on professions of their own sexual moral rectitude – David Vitter, John Ensign – when people have built their careers on trying to make life miserable and dangerous for gay people while they themselves are secretly gay – Larry Craig, George Rekers – then congratulations, you’ve made the news!”
Makes me wonder which Alaskans who have built their careers on making life miserable for gay people might be secretly gay…
Slade, a gay young man in Alaska, takes a lot of photos and creates music video slide shows of himself, his friends and their activities.
The gay community held an all-day vigil to counter the “ex-gay” conference in Anchorage last weekend, plus a seminar with gay-affirming clergy and mental health professionals, and presentations by Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out.
Parents, friends and family members who have questions about “reparative therapy” and the ex-gay movement are invited to join PFLAG‘s support meeting, Thursday Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
Learn about “ex-gays” and the “ex-gay” movement from those who know it best:
- Beyond Ex-Gay – an online community for those who have survived ex-gay experiences
- Ex-Gay Watch – dedicated to monitoring the ex-gay movement
- Truth Wins Out – fighting right wing lies and the “ex-gay” fraud
These civil rights groups have information on the ex-gay movement and tools to help local communities deal with the ex-gay events in their towns (links go to ex-gay pages):
- PFLAG – Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
- GLAAD – Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation
- Soulforce – Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious & political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance
- Southern Poverty Law Center – Advocates for Justice and Equality
These LGBT blogs have vast archives on the ex-gays and Focus on the Family:
The ex-gay conference Love Won Out came to Alaska to promote “reparative” therapy. Jason Ingram describes their methods in his personal story.
As if the gloomy weather wasn’t bad enough, the “ex-gays” are coming to town. The anti-gay groups Focus on the Family and Exodus International are bringing their de-gaying conference to Anchorage’s Abbott Loop Community Church on September 13, 2008.